Tabuena and Que aim to add colour to World Cup of Golf

Wed 16 Nov 2016

Tabuena and Que aim to add colour to World Cup of Golf

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Sentosa, Singapore, November 16: When Filipino rising star Miguel Tabuena picked seasoned campaigner Angelo Que as his partner for the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf, he knew one issue needed to be resolved quickly.
“I’ll definitely not wear purple pants,” laughed Tabuena, the current sixth ranked Asian Tour golfer ahead of the World Cup of Golf which takes place at Kingston Heath Golf Club next week.
Miguel Tabuena of Philippines Miguel Tabuena of Philippines
On Tour, the effervescent Que is nicknamed the “Human Highlighter” due to his preference to deck himself with bold, bright and luminous colours. Even his golf ball is yellow-coloured.
Despite being the younger man at 22, Tabuena, who will make his World Cup of Golf debut, is by far the more conservative of the two golfers when it comes to fashion choice and he promptly laid down the law.
“Angelo said to me ‘Mig, do you mind wearing my colours?’ and I replied ‘hmm, no man, we’ve really got to meet halfway,” recalled Tabuena, who is the reigning Philippine Open champion.
Sportingly, Que wasn’t fussed for the sake of team unity. As a pick, he now has a shot at the US$8 million prize pot at Kingston Heath, Melbourne from November 24 to 27.
“Miguel’s dad is ordering some stuff for us. I didn’t tell them what colours I wanted. I gave some input and I’m okay with anything. I understand nobody would wear the colours and combinations that I normally wear. Hopefully there’s at least one bright colour during the week,” said a hopeful Que.
Throughout his career, Que, 37, has been his own man.
“I always want to be different. I never followed anyone’s style. I have my own personality, I just like doing what I want. I prefer to wear bright colours as fans can easily spot me on the golf course,” he smiled.
“But I’m happy to toe the line for the team on this instance.”
Colours aside, Tabuena and Que will form Team Philippines’ strongest combination in recent times. The nation finished runner-up in the World Cup of Golf when Manila hosted the prestigious team event back in 1977 through Ben Arda and Rudy Lavares.
“Angelo said to me ‘Mig, do you mind wearing my colours?’ and I replied ‘hmm, no man, we’ve really got to meet halfway." - Miguel Tabuena.

With 28 nations battling over four days using the fourball and foursomes format, Tabuena thinks it can be anybody’s week.
“I guess the format will be a big factor. I was leaning towards Tony (Lascuna) as my partner as I’m close to him but I wanted to go to the World Cup with a chance to compete and I think Angelo offers the best chance to our team. We both hit it about the same length and our games are very similar,” said Tabuena.
“Angelo has been playing well in Japan and if we can keep our momentum, who knows what can happen. In fact, we’ve played together in a domestic team event and we’ve never lost as a pair in three years. So we’re comfortable with the format.”
2016 has been a breakout year for Tabuena, who won his national Open last December. He subsequently earned a first Major appearance at the U.S. Open and also qualified for the Olympic Games in Rio.
Angelo Que of Philippines Angelo Que of Philippines
“It’s the best year so far. I guess the Philippine Open win told me I can compete at the highest level. It’s nice. My game is in a stable place, I know where my game is,” he said.
“The World Cup is not a regular event and it’s going to be a fun event as we’ll be playing very aggressively. When you see the names on the trophy, it’s really impressive. It’ll be cool if our names can be up there as well.”
Although Que will be making his fourth World Cup of Golf appearance, he feels it is still an honour to represent his nation. “It’s a big deal. Representing your country is something good, especially the World Cup of Golf which is truly a team event. You’re not playing for yourself and it’s something different,” said Que.
“It’s great to be picked by Miguel. He’s a good player, he’s in form and it’s going to be fun playing with him. I didn’t think he would go for me, so I’m honoured and grateful. We both can make a lot of birdies in the best ball format and in alternate shots, we’re pretty much the same distance off the tee and pretty much play the same style of game.”
“When we are there, we want to compete with the big boys. When you
have this opportunity, you want to take advantage of it. It’s a team event, anything can happen. We want to try and contend, try to be as good as these players. It’ll be nice if we can win." - Angelo Que.

Que featured in the last World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne in 2013 but he did not enjoy the format then as players competed individually and combined scores with their partners.
“We didn’t feel like a team,” he said. “I’m looking forward to going to Kingston Heath as I’m told it’s one of the best courses in Australia. I enjoyed Melbourne during my last visit and the courses there are really nice. On a lot of the Australian courses, you need to work the ball and create the shots which I enjoy doing. It’s not just hitting it long and being in the right spot.”
Que wasn’t born when Arda and Lavares finished behind winners Seve Ballesteros and Antonio Garrido of Spain in 1977. Both Filipinos are household names and Que is hoping to have a run at the title with Tabuena.
“When we are there, we want to compete with the big boys. When you have this opportunity, you want to take advantage of it. It’s a team event, anything can happen. We want to try and contend, try to be as good as these players. It’ll be nice if we can win,” he said.
The 2016 World Cup will be the 58th staging of this event. For ticket information and to follow all of the news, player features and more as the event approaches, the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf web-site is http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/isps-handa-world-cup-of-golf.html.

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About ISPS HANDA
ISPS, the International Sports Promotion Society, is a charitable organization that promotes sports, such as golf, polo and rowing, in a belief that sports and sporting platforms can help achieve world peace. It also supports blind golf as its founder and chairman Haruhisa Handa, dubbed the father of blind golf in Japan, is the first person in Japan to establish a blind golf club, which is now called the Japan Blind Golf Association.
Dr Handa also serves as founder and chairman of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture, or IFAC, a nonprofit organization established to promote social welfare activities through music and art events. IFAC is title sponsor to the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, one of the most celebrated events in the arts calendar in Australia and internationally, which takes place between the end of March and the end of April every year.
About Melbourne, Victoria
Voted the world’s most livable city for the past six years, Melbourne is a leader in staging international sporting and cultural events, with its super-friendly people ready to welcome World Cup of Golf visitors. The city is famed for its laneways and cafe culture, known as Australia's coffee capital, and is home to vibrant arts, music and fashion scenes. Melbourne's food credentials are attracting global attention and the city is the gateway to Victoria, including 21 wine regions, the stunning Great Ocean Road scenic drive and abundant native Australian wildlife. Victoria's landscapes offer everything from international surf beaches, islands and coastal experiences to Alpine mountain ranges and inland lakes. Victoria is also a popular destination for domestic and international golfing tourism, famed for its sandbelts and home to picturesque, challenging courses that suit every ability.
Media assistance is available for World Cup media wishing to develop destination related content, research locations for outside broadcasts, interview local personalities and access rights free footage. Please contact destinationpr@tourism.vic.gov.au with any requests. Destination information is also available at www.visitmelbourne.com
About the International Federation of PGA Tours
The International Federation of PGA Tours was formed in 1996 by golf’s five world governing bodies – the European Tour, Japan Golf Tour Organization, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour (South Africa PGA Tour) with the purpose of providing a forum for the world’s professional golf organizations to discuss issues of mutual importance and, together, develop and promote the game of golf on a global basis. As part of its mission, the Federation initiated the World Golf Championships in 1999. The Asian Tour joined the International Federation of PGA Tours in November 1999.
In step with global growth of professional golf, the International Federation of PGA Tours announced an expansion and restructuring of its membership in 2009, adding the International Golf Association and additional professional golf tours, including – for the first time – women’s golf tours: China Golf Association; Korea Professional Golfers’ Association; Professional Golf Tour of India; LPGA Tour; Ladies European Tour; Australian Ladies
Professional Golf Tour; Japan LPGA; Korean LPGA; and Ladies Asian Golf Tour
About the International Golf Association
The International Golf Association (IGA) is a not-for-profit corporation, chartered in the State of New York in 1956. IGA is governed by its six-member Board of Directors. Jonathan Linen is the IGA Board Chairman. Through its association with the International Federation of PGA Tours, IGA continues its international goodwill through golf mission and looks forward to the 2016 return of the World Cup of Golf to Melbourne and a new Sandbelt region course in historic Kingston Heath Golf Club.